‘Copped a lot’: Warner fires Sandpaper scandal truth bomb

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David Warner has conceded helium volition ne'er capable to flight his relation successful the sandpaper ungraded of 2018 and volition bow retired of planetary cricket astatine the extremity of the T20 World Cup blessed he’s “not going to bull it anymore”.

The seasoned opener was fixed the accidental to exit the crippled connected his ain presumption done the location Test summertime and present successful the Caribbean, wherever helium volition effort and assistance Australia adhd the T20 World Cup to its ODI and World Test Championship titles.

Ahead of the opening Super Eight clash with Bangladesh successful Antigua connected Friday, Warner opened up connected the toll the one-year playing suspension and beingness enactment ban, his punishment aft being recovered to beryllium 1 of 3 cardinal figures successful the usage of sandpaper successful a Test successful Cape Town successful 2018, had taken.

He declared that he’d been “the lone 1 that’s ever copped a batch of flak” and adjacent suggested helium discovered done the full ordeal that “certain radical are protected differently”.

Warner, Australia’s starring tally scorer successful T20 cricket, said he’d had to “absorb” a batch of unit for different players but arsenic the extremity neared was blessed helium wouldn’t person to bash truthful immoderate longer.

“For maine it’s astir moving forward. My backmost was ever up against the partition erstwhile I came backmost and I knew that. I copped my just stock implicit my career,” Warner said.

“Coming backmost since (his 12-month ban) I’ve astir apt been the lone 1 that’s ever copped a batch of flak, from whether it’s radical who don’t similar the Australian cricket squad oregon don’t similar me.

“I’ve ever been that idiosyncratic who has copped it.

“OK, it’s good if they privation to bash that, but I ever consciousness similar I’ve taken a batch of unit disconnected a batch of guys arsenic good and I deliberation understandably, I’ve been that idiosyncratic to beryllium capable to sorb that.

“But 1 tin lone sorb (so much).

“For me, it’s large to spell retired knowing I’m not going to bull it anymore.”

Warner volition discontinue arsenic an all-time great, a aggregate World Cup victor having played cardinal roles successful large Test bid wins astatine location and abroad.

But helium said the fallout from the sandpaper ungraded would travel him adjacent successful retirement, hopeful the “real cricket tragics” tin admit his outstanding career.

“I deliberation it’s going to beryllium inevitable that erstwhile radical speech astir maine successful 20 oregon 30 years’ time, determination volition ever beryllium that. There volition ever beryllium that sandpaper scandal,” Warner said.

“But for me, if they’re existent cricket tragics and they emotion cricket, and my closest supporters, they volition ever spot maine arsenic that cricketer. Someone who tried to alteration the game. Someone who tried to travel successful the footsteps of the openers earlier maine and tried to people runs astatine a large tempo and alteration Test cricket successful a way. Be that idiosyncratic who went from Twenty20 cricket to play Test cricket – batting astatine No.6 and past opening.

“For me, hopefully I tin beryllium remembered for that, but I recognize 2018, it ever comes up and it’s unfortunate – but it is what it is.”

Australia needs to triumph the archetypal 2 Super Eight matches, against Bangladesh and Afghanistan, to guarantee their progression to the finals up of a 3rd clash with India.

The apical 2 teams from each of 2 groups volition suffice for the semi-finals acceptable to beryllium hosted successful Tarouba and Guyana connected June 27 earlier the last successful Barbados connected June 29.


v Bangladesh – 8.30am AWST June 21, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua

v Afghanistan – 8.30am AWST June 23, Arnos Vale Ground, Arnos Vale, St Vincent

v India – 10.30pm AWST June 24, Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia

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